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Sports drinks are heralded as these amazing source of electrolytes and everything the body needs to restore itself. But is that really true?

I took a dive into many of the popular sports drinks and not surprising, there was one ingredient that was pretty consistent across them all. A ton of sugar. Some had nearly as much as a soda.

So why are they proclaimed as such a good thing? Sure if you’ve just got done doing an intense workout for two hours in the heat, having one is fine, but many of us reach for these as a healthy alternative to soda. We think we are doing ourselves a good thing. …

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When it comes to working out, now can be a difficult time. There is a lot of pressing worries on our minds, and gyms are closed. We have every excuse not to workout right?

But now is the time we should be focusing on working out more than ever before. Fitness is not just for our physical health but our mental health as well. There are a ton of studies out there that prove the mental benefits of working out or being physically active.

Sure there may be more junk food in the house right now because your kids are home from school. Sure you are feeling more lethargic, and yes it’s just “not the same” as the gym. …

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I am a hard gainer. It’s hard for me to put on muscle. Hard for me to gain mass and weight. When I started working, I bought some weights, and starting lifting in my house. I was sure that in a matter of mere weeks even my muscles would have muscles. But week after week went by and nothing changed. So I started lifting harder and heavier, and still nothing.

Now there were several things that kept me from gaining muscle.

The first was that I did everything wrong when it came to how I was lifting. I didn’t understand that the way I lifted was more important that how much weight I lifted. …

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When it comes to working out your arms we probably immediately think of doing some bicep curls, maybe some tricep push-downs and getting through our workout and getting it over with.

But we often lose sight of the fundamentals of effectively lifting. So what techniques are super important for us to follow?

  1. Lower the weight on the dumbbells or barbell. …
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So there are a million and one supplements out there for muscle gain, for weight loss, for giving you wings, and sprout fairy dust..okay not really but sometimes it feels that way. Every time I turn around there is a new supplement.

MLM’s are built off supplements. Your alkaline is out of whack! Your acidity is too high! Eat this pure chalk! Drink this apple cider vinegar! There are so many gimmicks out there that promise the world.

I literally saw an ad for a gummy bear that burns fat. A gummy bear?! What the hell? …

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So chances are your gym is closed down. Now initially I know that’s a bummer, I know it is for me. But if you’ve got a pair of dumbbells your amount of workouts are pretty much limitless.

It is crucial to stay on track with your workouts, don’t let depression or fear grip you and keep you from living your best life. While there is indeed heartache going on in the world, there is also a lot of good going on and we should use this time to grow stronger, not just physically but mentally.

Use this time to listen to that podcast you’ve been wanting to listen to. Pic up that book, tackle that home project, get your workouts in, practice food prep and new recipes. …

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So you are trying to eat healthier. You’ve been doing pretty good with your meals, but those snacks keep calling your name from the other room. The candy bowl at work is staring you down. The donut box in the break room is laughing at you.

There are so many snacks that are addicting, and snacking can really trip us up. Initially snacks don’t seem like they can wreck our fitness goals, because after all it’s just a snack. But what happens when we are snacking on something unhealthy before lunch, then before dinner, then after dinner. That all adds up. …

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I was 21 years old, something inside me stirred as I watched Rocky Balboa go against Apollo Creed for the first time. The drive, the grit, the sweat, and the blood stirred something inside me. I could resonate with Rocky. Maybe not in the aspiring boxer sense, but in the sense of him going after what was in him, and desiring to know if he was capable of being enough. He didn’t care to win, he just wanted to know he could go the distance, he wanted to know that he could do it.

You see, I weighed 118 pounds and doubted myself. My self-esteem was next to nothing. I slooped my shoulders when I walked. Part of this stemmed from how small I was and part of it from other internal issues that were going on at that time. …

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So you want to gain overall size to your arms. That means growing the biceps and triceps. But how exactly do you do that? Your tricep extensions and bicep curls are good, but there is more to it than that, even beyond your actual workout routine.

We often overlook the importance of how we perform an exercise, because it’s not always just about what exercise you are performing, but how you are performing them.

It’s easy to get into the mindset of burning through our reps. …

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Photo by José Ignacio Pompé on Unsplash

Protein and health have become synonymous. We look at something and it blares at us “contains 20g of protein”. We immediately think, “wow! this must be really healthy”.

We are all becoming far more savvy on calories in and calories out, and terms like macro-nutrients (the breakdown of where your calories come from, i.e. protein, fats, or carbs).

So because something has more protein does that immediately make it a healthy option? The simple answer to that is no. But with nutrition it’s not always as simple as we think.

A greasy burger from a popular fast food chain can contain close to 1,000 calories and over 50g of protein, but does that mean it’s healthy? Does it mean our bodies can assimilate that protein and put it to good use? …

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